Last week, DJ Khaled went on Snapchat wearing a Free Kodak Black T-shirt. Either he has godlike powers or Atlantic Records has some really good lawyers, because yesterday Kodak Black was released from jail.
The 19-year-old Pompano Beach rapper, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, pleaded no contest to a variety charges of including battery, robbery, false imprisonment, possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle without a valid license, fleeing a law enforcement officer, and possession of a firearm by a delinquent.
And yet, he’ll do no prison time, will not be classified as a convicted felon, and will retain the right to vote.
The conditions of his plea deal require that he complete mentoring, drug abuse, and anger control programs, perform 300 hours of community service, and spend one year under house arrest. Afterward, he’ll be on probation for five years but will be able to tour internationally.
“Kodak looks forward to demonstrating to the community that he is a productive and law abiding citizen and will never be involved with any matter in the criminal justice system again,” his attorney, Gary Kollin, says.
Black’s four-month stint in the Broward County Jail may have been inconvenient for his rap career but doesn’t seem to have hurt his growing popularity. In June, New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica wrote a glowing review of his latest mixtape, Lil B.I.G. Pac, in which he noted, “Kodak Black may be an unlikely savior for a hip-hop industry that has lately been preoccupied with melodic-minded Drake clones. Instead, he’s an old-fashioned literalist and represents the perennial power of grit even in a time that’s squeaky clean.” FADER described him as “an essential emerging voice.”
Now, he just has to stay out of trouble. According to Sun-Sentinel reporter Brett Clarkson, Judge Lisa Porter warned him that if he messes up again, he’ll be looking at 55 years in prison. “What happens from here on out is up to you,” she said.
Jerry Iannelli contributed reporting.